Music and performing arts is an important part of the Creative Curriculum. Our extensive music programme is available to all pupils. In addition to whole class lessons, children have the opportunity to perform in a choir, orchestra and theatrical group. Private instrumental music lessons are available in piano, guitar, violin, singing and the drums. Termly music assemblies provide the opportunity for musicians to learn to perform in front of an audience. Lessons are designed to be practical, inspirational, lively and fun.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively, through songs, adding movement to music and speaking chants and rhymes. The children are encouraged to improve their skills playing tuned and unturned percussion instruments. They enjoy having the opportunity to create rhythms and beats in small groups. Listening skills are developed and children are introduced to and taught to recognise a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
In Key Stage 2 children are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. They are taught to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and also from world-class composers and musicians, as well as developing a knowledge of musical history. Music notation is also taught in upper Key Stage 2. All children perform annually in group productions and the whole school Christmas concert.